November 2018, 1st Literacy Summit Porto, Portugal (2)

Loredana Bercuci presented the paper (co-authored with Mădălina Chitez) “The most important academic genres at Romanian universities: survey results and context” and a poster titled “The Influence of the Romanian Academic Style on Student Writing in English” at the international conference 1st Literacy Summit held in Porto, Portugal between 1-3 November 2018.

In referring to the most used academic genres in Romanian, we extract data from the Questionnaire sent out to Romanian universities at the beginning of 2018. The survey is part of the ROGER project, conducted over a period of five years (2017-2022) at the West University of Timisoara, which investigates the types of texts students write, in Romanian and English language, from a corpus linguistics contrastive perspective. We list and define the most common genres (e.g. eseu/essay, referat/research paper, lucrare științifică/academic essay) and classify student options according to their disciplinary settings. We also discuss student group preferences for one or the other genre by presenting the genre evolution in the Romanian higher education context and by extrapolating on student literacy requirements that have been associated with this evolution.

Romanian academic writing instructors often complain that students write in the “Romanian style” instead of adopting the Anglo-American style in their English pa pers. The “Romanian style” of academic writing has no yet been fully defined, but a cursory look at papers written in Romanian reveals traits such as an impersonal style, a plethora of unnecessary detail, and distinctive turns of phrase. This poster aims to define this “Romanian style” of academic writing and to show how it influences student writing in English. For this purpose, I will analyze student papers published at our department both in Romanian (5 issues of the journal Literacum) and in English (7 issues of the Journal of Student Research in Languages and Literatures), using corpus linguistics methods. I will look at frequencies and phraseology patterns as well as prominent rhetoric features. Several conclusions will be drawn regarding the interlanguage profile of such linguistic features.

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